Talk Around Town (16-01-2005) Guidebooks don't cut it for the traveller by Khieu Thanh Ha The problem facing tourists in Viet Nam isn't that there isn't enough to see here, it's that they don't know how to see it. Many foreign and domestic tourists have complained that the information published in books and online about travelling in Viet Nam is too limited. "I searched on Google for information about travel in Viet Nam and discovered the website www.vietnamtourism.com," said Mike Jessee, a Canadian tourist. "I searched the site looking for something interesting, but instead it made me bored. All the stories about tourism sites on the web page are very long but they don't tell me the information I really want to know like how to get there, ticket prices, and where to find accommodation," he said. After spending several hours on-line, Jessee was so disappointed by the information he found there, he gave up. Instead he consulted a popular English language guidebook, the Lonely Planet, … [Read more...] about Guidebooks don’t cut it for the traveller
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VietNamNet Bridge - A lot of countries in the world have offered attractive preferences in administrative procedures and tour fee discounts to lure Vietnamese travelers. Shortly after South Korea announced the decision on cutting the visa fee from $30 to $20 and applying more simple procedures for travelers to prove their financial capability, which paves the way for more Vietnamese travelers to the country, Turkey has announced the new entry policy. The country has offered e-visa for Vietnamese who come to Turkey on business or travel. Vietnamese travelers, who have Turkish Airlines' return tickets, valid passports and visas granted by Schengen or OECD's member countries, just need to access to the Turkish migration agency to declare information, make payment with credit cards and print e-visas. Prior to that, Japan announced the multiple-entry visa policy applied to Vietnamese travelers, instead of single-entry visa. In late October 2013, in a working session with the Vietnam … [Read more...] about VN travelers offered preferences to go abroad
Nguyen Manh Ha, at 73, looks younger than his years - a fact attributed to his long-term love affair with orchids. Though his 110-year-old house on Ha Noi's Hoang Mai Street may be showing signs of wear and tear, it is suffused with the aroma of incense and bedecked with flowers that Ha's wife buys from the local market. Whenever Ha holds a party, Dao Tam, a member of the Ha Noi Orchid Lovers Club, will be among the first to arrive. Tam, who is also in his 70s, speaks fondly of his friend and fellow flower fancier. "Ha and I both joined the club together. He is always in my thoughts. He's an original Hanoian. He has a fine character, is knowledgeable, righteous and has a passion for natural beauty. Our friendship has been strengthened by the fact that we share the same hobby. We have travelled together a lot in our search for orchids for our flower collections," Tam says. Ha is softly spoken, befitting an orchid collector. However, he was trained as a hydrogeologist. "As a … [Read more...] about Orchids bring lifetime of travel and beauty
Many travelers to Indonesia recently reported that some foreign exchange counters did not accpet their CB-series US$100 bills issued in 1996. Mr. Nguyen Gia Dinh, General Director of the Viet Nam Export-Import Commercial Bank (Eximbank), explained the matter. Is there any thing wrong with the travelers' CB-series US$100 bills issued in 1996? Not only in Indonesia and other regional countries, even some Vietnamese transaction and foreign exchange counters may refuse to buy in US$ bills issued in 1996; or at least they would purchase at a lower price than usual. This can be explained that some counterfeit notes of extraordinary quality, particularly imitating the CB-series US$100 bills issued in 1996 and US$50 bills in 1990 and 1993, were circulating previously. Except experts working in financial sector, it is very difficult for ordinary people to differentiate between real and fake US$ bills. Thus, some counters would refuse to buy in these bills for safety reasons. However, it is … [Read more...] about Why 1996 US$100 bill Refused?
Chinese shoppers stand with shopping bags on a sidewalk along 5th Avenue in New York City, April 4, 2013. From faking marriage certificates to get honeymoon discounts in the Maldives to letting children defecate on the floor of a Taiwan airport, Chinese tourists have recently found themselves at the center of controversy and anger. Thanks to microblogging sites in China, accounts of tourists behaving badly spread like wildfire across the country, provoking disgust, ire and soul-searching. While in the past such reports might have been dismissed as attacks on the good nature of Chinese travelers, people in the world's second-largest economy are starting to ask why their countrymen and women are so badly behaved. "Objectively speaking, our tourists have relatively low-civilized characters," said Liu Simin, researcher with the Tourism Research Centre of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. "Overseas travel is a new luxury, Chinese who can afford it compare with each other and want … [Read more...] about Chinese wonder why their tourists behave so badly